Office of Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is responsible for the Embassy’s media relations and educational and cultural exchange programs. OPA works closely with Portuguese professional, governmental, educational and cultural institutions and individuals to promote dialogue and sustained interchange between the U.S. and Portugal through conferences, lectures, workshops and professional study and orientation visits. As part of this role, the OPA officers serve as the Embassy’s official press spokespersons.

OPA maintains the Embassy web page and a Resource Center which provides information support to Embassy officers, Portuguese government offices, and the Portuguese public.

The Office of Public affairs consists of three major elements:

American Speakers and Specialists

The American Embassy recruits and funds U.S. speakers and specialists on the basis of their expertise on a specific topic to travel overseas to lecture, serve as consultants and/or to participate in workshops and seminars with local audiences. Speakers include government officials, academics, writers, business persons, and artists and musicians. For more information please contact the Office of Public Affairs.

Outreach Events

OPA can also help organize outreach events such as a group visit to the Embassy or bring Embassy diplomats out to Portuguese audiences. For more detailed information on this issue, please visit the Embassy Speakers program in this site.